ORIGINAL MEETING OF REGIONAL AND MEMBERS AND OFFICERS APRIL, 1996, AFTER INCORPORATION (FOR PRIOR, SEE PIONEERS 1985-95)
Front row left to right: Jim B. Wortley, (Langley, B.C.), Ronald T. Lake, (Burlington, Ontario), John R. Morris, President and Executive Director, (Alliston, Ontario), Bernard D. (Bud) Crookes, Treasurer, (Collingwood, Ontario), Carl H. Ingebertson, Secretary, (Brampton, Ontario), A.F. (Bert) Klinkhammer, Chairman, (Cambridge, Ontario)
Second row: Glenn Grosset F.C.A., Auditor, (Clarksburg, Ontario), Ralston H.H. King, (Moncton, New Brunswick), George Grummett, (Burlington, Ontario), Bruce Ferguson, Q.C., (Alternate), (Calgary, Alberta), Hal Passmore, (Brockville, Ontario), Evan (Bud) Casey, (Edmonton, Alberta)
William Edwards, (Southampton, Ontario),
Rick Buck, (Langley, B.C.)
RETIRED EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE,
PUBLISHERS, AND REGIONAL MEMBERS
First Board Chairman
(Elected by the Board 1995-7)
First Board Secretary
(Elected by the Board 1995-6)
CARL INGEBERTSON, also a PIONEER of Probus in Canada, held office as Secretary at Annual Meetings, as well as regular attendance at Executive meetings, helping in the transition from incorporation in 1995 until April, 1997. He was, and is, extremely active in forming new Probus Clubs. He also carried out excellent venues for Annual meetings during the first two years if Incorporation.
Carl followed up on his chance meeting with a member of PROBUS on a trip to Ireland by persuading the Rotary Club of Brampton, of which he is a Past President, to sponsor the PROBUS CLUB of Brampton. He served as the first President and established the form of meeting that has led to its success.
Carl has assisted with the formation of the Womens' PROBUS CLUB of Brampton and other new clubs at Mississauga Centre and Bolton.
As Secretary of PROBUS CENTRE-CANADA, INC. his duties and interests have now extended to the growth of PROBUS across Canada with particular resonsibilities as PROBUS Chairman for Rotary District 7080.
He spoke about PROBUS on many occasions to guarantee continued growth in Canada.
Charter Board Member
(Selected by the Board 1996-7)
Charter Board Member
Selected by the Board 1996-7)
Co-Publisher of first
June (nee Richards) Crookes is from Winnipeg, a charter member of The Probus Club of Pretty River in Collingwood, Ontario, Canada, and was awarded recognition in 1979 by Toronto-Don Mills Rotary Club as a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow, for her work on behalf of Rotary. She is a former nurse, and with Bud ( see below) have two children and four grandchildren.
She contributed to Probus growth as co-publisher and editor of the first Probus Web Page in the World which began in December, 1996. Before leaving she shared in the preparation and regular editing of 180 linked pages as well as the beginning of Probus in Mexico through Web Page support.
Treasurer, and then Board Chairman, 1998-9,
Co-Publisher and creator of the first worldwide Probus Web Page
Bud Crookes, C.A. of Collingwood, Ontario. is from Winnipeg, a semi-retired Financial Manager, a life member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario, a Past District Governor in District 7070 of Rotary in Southern Ontario around Toronto, subsequently since 1983 living in District 7010.
Impressed with PROBUS after a 1987 visit to Australia/New Zealand, he assisted the Rotary Clubs of Collingwood and Wasaga Beach in forming the PROBUS CLUB of Georgian Triangle (now called Collingwood), and became charter President. That club has operated with 250 members as the largest in Canada for several years since it began October 1987. The impetus through activity of two Rotary Clubs, one in Wasaga Beach, one in Collingwood, resulted by 1998 in 7 clubs and 1000 members through the local Rotary Club sponsorship. In 1999, he visited Leon, Mexico to encourage the expansion of Probus in Mexico.
Eight other new PROBUS CLUBS were initiated in and around other Rotary Areas of Central and Northern Ontario.
An Executive member, he helped incorporate PROBUS CENTRE-CANADA, INC. on August 1st, 1995, and managed finances.
In 1997 he became Chairman of Probus-Centre (Canada) Inc. to further assist John Morris in his efforts, and developed a Promotional program for Rotary with 44 Past Governors across Canada, to inform and assist Rotary in new Probus club formation, with the objective: "Every town and city in Canada needs a Probus Club."
Alan and Fran Wardle started the concept of free home and car exchange between Probians of different countries, so that only air fare cost would be incurred for travel. Several registered but it was a slow building-up process. In the meantime Alan had to withdraw from the leadership because of health reasons.
A great deal of time was spent setting up this system, and Probus Centre has expressed thanks for such an effort.
Alan and Fran have our wishes for better health, and much happiness, with a hope that in future years someone can pick it up and promote this excellent concept further.
A Past President of the Rotary Club of Burlington, George has been responsible for organizing the three PROBUS CLUBS in Burlington. He has assisted with clubs at Alliston, Hamilton, Brampton, Kitchener, Mississauga and Woodstock.
George has spoken at several Rotary Clubs, followed up with phone calls and mailed promotion material to several in District 7080 at his own expense. RETIRED 1999 as Regional Member after having helped in the fast development in Ontario since early beginnings in Canada.
Regional Board Member
Service as President of the vital PROBUS CLUB of Port Elgin and District fitted Bill to succeed Bert Klinkhammer as the leader for two years of the semi-annual meetings of the PROBUS CLUBS of Ontario.
He was responsible for promoting that financial backing of PROBUS CENTRE-CANADA could be met by an annual contribution of $1 per member from each club, during his term of service with the association of Probus Clubs in Ontario. Bill has made a continuing effort to extend PROBUS in Bruce & Grey Counties.
Regional Board Member 1996-9
Actively supported and developed Probus through efforts in Southern Alberta. Both Calgary and the new Lethbridge Probus Club are now each over 100 members and are the flagships for future growth..
Bernie. a Life Member of the Probus Club of Wasaga Beach, Ontario, assumed the role of Webmaster (Publisher) of the Probus Website from Bud and June Crookes in 1998. In the following twelve years Bernie oversaw the rapid expansion of the Probus Website to its present format and from 2002 was assisted by Brian Kirkwood . Bernie stepped down from the Webmaster's position in March 2010 and handed over the Webmaster reins to Brian.